Russia concern at Israeli 'air strike'


Iran and Russia have joined the Lebanese militant group Hizbullah in condemning a reported Israeli air strike on Syria.

Israel launched the air strike inside Syria yesterday, US officials said, targeting a convoy believed to contain anti-aircraft weapons bound for Hizbullah.

However the Syrian military denied the existence of any such weapons shipment and said a scientific research facility outside Damascus was hit by the Israeli warplanes. It said the target was in the area of Jamraya, north-west of Damascus and about 10 miles from the Lebanon border.

Russia, Syria’s strongest international ally, expressed concern and said it is taking “urgent measures to clarify the situation in all its details.”

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